Jazz Weekly Review
June 14, 2018
by George W. Harris
Jazz Weekly in USA issued the review The Maguire Twins' 'Seeking Higher Ground'.
While only twenty one, identical twins Alan/b and Carl/dr show a maturity that is quite impressive on this debut album. Born in Japan and currently living in Memphis, the boys were taken under the wing of Kirk Whalum, and the mature education shows, as the rest of the band, Bill Mobleyu/tp-fh, Gregory tardy/ts-ss, Aaron Goldberg/p and Donald Brown/key focus mostly on original material that is assertive and millennially musical.
Veteran Tardy brings his Coltrane voice the fire breathing pieces such as “Theodicy” with Carl keeping pace here and as well on Brown’s Elvin Jones-inspired “The Early Bird…” with some nifty stick work and dynamic bass alacrity on display. Some clever and original moments are heard with Carl’s Asian harmonics during his bassline of “Machi no Michi” which also includes some traditional Japanese drum work by brother Carl, while the two show they can burn with the best as Goldberg’s “Shed” is a fistful of dollars, while with Mobley, “49th Street” gleams with delight. Lots of music, with the exuberance of youth without the self indulgence.
June 8, 2018
Yakima, WA, USA
The award winning jazz journalist, Doug Ramsey reviews 'Seeking Higher Ground' on his Rifftides blog.
The Maguire Twins, Seeking Higher Ground (Three Tree Records)
21 years old at the time of this 2017 recording, the identical Maguire twins—bassist Carl and drummer Alan—were born in Tokyo and raised in Hong Kong. In a dramatic change of scenery and culture, they moved with their parents to Memphis, Tennessee, in 2011. The brothers enrolled at the Stax Music Academy and came under the influence of bassist John Hamar, pianist Donald Brown and saxophonists Greg Tardy and Kirk Whalum. Brown is heard only on electric piano on one track. All of those musicians but Whalum and Hamar are on the twins’ debut album on their family’s label, as are pianist Aaron Goldberg and trumpeter Bill Mobley. The twins manage extremely well in that heavy company. Carl’s responsive drumming is impressive behind Goldberg on Brown’s “An Island, A Piano, and Keith,” dedicated to his son, also a pianist. Carl Maguire contributes two original compositions to the playlist, Alan one. Alan’s bass introduction is important to the success of his abstract arrangement of “Someday My Prince Will Come.” It will be interesting to follow this pair of promising rhythm players as they develop further.
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